A recent lawsuit settlement may seem like vindication to AMD, but the market responds to prices better than advertising.
Thanks to Moore’s law (and AMD in particular), they had dropped below the $100 price range in the US for the first time in September this year, when AMD launched the Athlon II X4 620 desktop processor. The Propus core 45nm processor has four cores running at 2.6 GHz, with 512 kb L2 cache dedicated for each core. It lacks L3 cache memory, but supports full hardware virtualization, which means that one of its cores could be used to run Windows XP from within Windows 7.
If you are looking to build a budget gaming rig based on a quad core processor, until recently it was a luxury relegated to the power user, your loyalties might change.
With Windows 7 finally out, PC hardware manufacturers have finally steamrolled game-changing product revisions that had been held back until October 22nd. The Athlon II X4 620 retails for Rs 5,500 in India. A more expensive 2.8 Ghz variant of the same, the X4 630 will set you back a bit more, but if you willing to settle for three cores, the AMD Phenom II X3 and 425 & 435 processor, released this month will take on Intel’s dual cores. Techshop.in lists the processors at Rs 4,756 and 5,824 respectively, they are a way for AMD to re-sell quad cores where one of the dies are damaged, but isn’t uniquely crippled in any other way. It supports 64 bit, hypertransport, and virtualization.
Speaking to Digit, Saurangshu Kanunjna from AMD in Mumbai said that the $100 quad cores were a different class of processors compared to the Phenom II (500-800) line of processors. “The Athlon II X4 series are mainstream quad cores, and were introduced keeping Windows 7’s multithreading capabilities in mind. These are also popular among gamers who are looking for a build a gaming PC on a tight budget.”
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